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Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

See: "The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net" for all of the gory details. This chart is the commitment, the "pr...

First Theater to Screen The Interview Loses Internet for 5 Days

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
Keith Thomson

Jubilant Plaza employees added big red letters spelling out "Freedom Prevails" to their marquee, then took to the Internet to share the news. Or, rather, they would have taken to the Internet.

Sprint Sued For 'Cramming' Cell Phone Customers

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on cus...

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

User Experience: Hygiene or Strategic Differentiator?

George Bradt | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
George Bradt

There's no doubt that some people in some situations will pay more for goods and services if they are wrapped in enjoyable experiences. The question f...

Most Delicious? Oreos Versus Tracking Cookies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You would think that cookies and technology together would make the most awesome partners since chocolate and peanut butter, right? If only...say it ain't so!

Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an organization whose mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing, is having a Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year contest.

AT&T's--REDACTED--to the FCC's Requests about--REDACTED--Fiber Optic Deployment--REDACTED.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger and the FCC should audit the new proposed fiber optic plans, not just take AT&T's word for it.

Obama, Not the Giant Telecoms, Is Right on Net Neutrality

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

It's the same old song and dance -- corporations want more control at the expense of consumer choice and at the expense of a fair market. Net neutrality is about whether or not corporations have the right to seize this control and obtain the ability to give preferential treatment to certain websites, companies or services.

20 Things I Learned From Attending the Golden State Warriors Game

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.06.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The Golden State Warriors are undefeated this season, 4-0, I attended the game on 11/5 at the Oracle Arena where they defeated the LA Clippers who eliminated them last season in the playoffs. Here are 20 things I learned.

Verizon, AT&T Tracking Internet Activity Of More Than 100 Million Users

The Washington Post | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “super-...

Timothy Stenovec

I Experienced The Dreaded AT&T 'Throttling' Firsthand

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.04.2014 | Technology

Last month, when I was in California for a work trip, my phone suddenly became useless. Even though I was in downtown San Francisco, the data connecti...

Loyalty Helps Verizon, New Customers Help Sprint

Michael R. Levin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

AT&T and T-Mobile Maintain Customer Bases Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) today released analysis of the results from its research on ...

AT&T Sued For Reducing Speed Of 'Unlimited' Data Plans

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it is suing AT&T for slowing down the data speeds for some customers who thought they were gett...

As Battle for the Internet Goes Into Its End Game, All Eyes On FCC

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The near monopolists are at bat and are swinging for the fences in a bid to kill open Internet rules and dominate the online ecosystem. I see FCC Chairman Wheeler on the mound, trying to decide what to pitch while millions of interested parties fill the stands.

5 Companies That Help Us Travel Cheaper

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Travel

We love to hack our way to a good travel deal -- because quite frankly, it sometimes seems like the big companies are out to get us. But, fair trav...

A Warning for HBO and CBS: Danger Lurks in the Stream

Art Brodsky | Posted 12.22.2014 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Now they plan to enter another realm, one inhabited by giants more powerful and more devious than they HBO, CBS, Lionsgate or Tribeca can ever imagine. It's one thing to be carried as part of a cable package. It's another to be streamed, and to be at the utter mercy of Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Don't Give Up the Home Phone!

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Tom Alderman

No doubt some millennial whippersnapper will ask why, if you have a cell, anyone needs a wired home phone. Okay, maybe one line for fax but an actual non-battery table-top phone -- no way.

AT&T Hacked By Its Own Employee

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc informed about 1,600 customers that an employee gained unauthorized access to their personal data in August, a person familiar w...

AT&T's Top 13 Broken Promises. DIRECTV Merger? 'Giga'-Me-a-Break!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger. And the states should go back and examine whether customers have been paying extra for decades based on commitments never fulfilled.

AT&T Will Give You HBO Go Without A Huge Cable Package, But There's A Catch

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology

Too many people are getting by without paying for TV -- cobbling together their entertainment on phones, computers and TVs by using a mix of Netflix, ...

Fast Lane, Slow Lane -- "No Lane" -- End Game in Telecommunications

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about Net Neutrality's fast lane vs slow lane. We are at the end game in telecommunications and we should all be talking about the "No Lane."

The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up.

Riding the Back of the Digital Bus

Preeti Vissa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.

Verizon's Fiber Optic Networks Are 'Title II' -- Here's What the FCC Should Do

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

To be blunt, Verizon has gamed the entire regulatory process via "Title Shopping" in the Open Internet docket and in many other ongoing proceedings that impact all of America's communications.